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(UK) Solihull $4M (US) SPED overspend; 100 place new school planned

Dec 12, 2019, Solihull Observer: Location of new Solihull special school revealed by council https://solihullobserver.co.uk/news/location-of-new-solihull-special-school-revealed-by-council-16552/ SOLIHULL COUNCIL has revealed the location of a new special school, as it looks to keep special needs provision in the borough. The Bosworth Campus in Smith’s Wood will have places for 100 children and young people with autism aged between seven and 16 years old…. Children’s services officers at the council are worried a predicted rise in the number of Solihull pupils with special needs will stretch demand, as the authority faces a budget crisis. Funding for schooling children with special needs comes from the council’s ‘high needs block’, but sending children to school outside the borough costs double that of education at Solihull schools. The council has said the situation is unaffordable, as its high needs block is stretched by a £3million [$4M US] overspend. It wants to end out-of-the-borough placements. The budget overspend could have reached £5.6 million [$7.5M US] by the end of 2019, council projections show. Now the council is looking for ways to provide more places for children with educational health care plans, which the council issues to families who need special needs provision…. The council also intends to provide more places for autistic children in secondary schools and more primary places in North Solihull. … Solihull has 1,444 pupils with an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP). The council expects a further 52 places across all education levels would cost £1.2million [$1.6M US].